You are hereStrip Built

Strip Built


Thin strips of wood covered with fiberglass

Fiberglassing the exterior of the Coaming

After installing the riser, I glassed the outside, reinforcing the coaming and securely attaching it to the deck. The riser was initially installed using hot-melt glue which is not particularly strong.

Installing the Coaming Riser

The coaming "riser" is what I call the vertical part of the combing around the cockpit. This is made of the same wood I made the rest of the boat from. For efficiency reason I want to use the 2" wide strips I have, but these don't conform to the sharp curves at the front and back of the coaming.

Fairing and Glassing the Deck

This largely time-lapse video starts out with scraping and proceeds through sanding to glassing and finishing with a fill coat.

Cutting the Cockpit Recess

I like to put what I call a "recess" around the cockpit. On some boats, like these microBootleggers, the recess is not all that recessed, i.e. the coaming is not actually set down below the deck much. But, this recess does make the coaming a little lower than it would otherwise be.

The Cotton Swab Test

When is the best time to apply the next coat of resin? It all depends. But if your schedule allows, you will get the strongest bond when the prior coat is not yet cured.

Fiberglassing the Hull

This video shows the fiberglassing of the hull of the microBootlegger. I'm applying one layer of 4 ounce E-glass with a coat of epoxy resin. After the wet-out coat of epoxy starts to set up I apply a thin fill coat.

Translate Page